Irish bar’s bid to stay open until 4am

A city centre Irish bar is hoping to win over Liverpool Council in its bid to stay open until 4am.

A proposal has been lodged by the proprietors of Molly Malones on Victoria Street to amend its premises licence to allow longer opening and prolong the sale of alcohol.

Currently, the business has two closing times for weekdays and weekends respectively but hopes the authority’s licensing body will allow for a more streamlined operation.

Plans have also been put forward to increase the hours music can be played at the venue.

Molly Malones is currently permitted to open daily from 10am and close at midnight on Sunday to Thursday and at 2am Friday and Saturday. Under the new proposals, the business would continue to open at the same time but close its doors at 4am every day.

Additionally, the hours of recorded music would extend under the same terms until 4am as well as the sale of alcohol, from midnight on weekdays and 2am on Friday and Saturday, until the later proposed hours. According to its Facebook page, Molly Malones describes itself as “the best Irish bar in the centre of Liverpool.”

The licence of the premises is currently held by Meenacarn Limited, with Conor Elliott named as the designated premises supervisor. Representations can be made in relation to the application by Molly Malones until 23 October.

Any relevant representation which is made, and not subsequently withdrawn, will be considered by a Licensing Sub-committee hearing to which the applicant and any person who made a relevant representation will be invited to attend by receiving a formal notice of the hearing.

In 2015, the venue was the subject of a dramatic shut down by bailiffs. Officials swooped on the location, preventing staff from re-entering the premises.

A notice from the Cheshire branch of DCBL (Direct Collections Bailiffs Limited) bailiffs was visible in the window next to the entrance door. It read: “Under the terms and conditions of your lease we, as authorised agents acting on behalf of the landlord, have hearby entered these premises and the lease is hereby determined.

“Any attempt by you or your agents to enter the demised premises will result in criminal/civil proceedings being instigated against you.”

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